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As the number of people living with dementia continues to increase, so do the number of programs available to help those affected and their families. It is estimated that the burden of ADRD will reach roughly 14 million Americans by 2060. RTI International scientists and industry experts are discussing ASPE’s 14 comprehensive components of dementia care to understand the basics of the service system, the unique approaches and diverse perspectives of those working in dementia care, and common research concerns and priorities. This model, developed by RTI Experts, includes components that address care at all stages of dementia in various care settings. 

Limited Services for People with Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias cause a variety of complex symptoms from everyday functional challenges to behavioral. Comprehensive dementia care can reduce the burden of unpaid caregivers and delay transitions from home to nursing homes for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias by making it easier for their care providers to coordinate care and encouraging those living with dementia to take part in their care planning. Despite the existence of evidence-based interventions that are effective for some outcomes and populations, the availability of these services for people with dementia and their family caregivers is limited.

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Understanding Dementia: Defining and Diagnosing the Syndrome Part 1

To kick off our Understanding Dementia Series, Dr. Ila Hughes Broyles, a Program Manager at RTI, speaks with Dr. Malaz Boustani, a neuroscientist and geriatrician. Learn more about defining dementia and what symptoms to look for to lay the foundation of understanding this complex syndrome.

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Understanding Dementia: Defining and Diagnosing the Syndrome Part 2

In the second episode of our series, learn more about the first component of dementia care: detection. Once someone recognizes symptoms, who should they contact and what the benefits of early detection are.

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Understanding Dementia: Defining and Diagnosing the Syndrome Part 3

Our industry leaders discuss the differences between detection and diagnosis, the obstacles that many Americans face when navigating the health care system, and what to expect when getting a diagnosis.

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Understanding Dementia: Developing a Comprehensive Model for Care

In our latest video on dementia care, Dr. Micah Segelman, a Health Policy Researcher, interviews dementia care pioneer, Dr. David Reuben. The pair delve deep into the world of dementia care and the path to creating a comprehensive health care model from care measures that should be evaluated to who should lead the charge of care.

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Understanding Dementia: Establishing Components of a Comprehensive Model

Doctors Reuben and Segelman discuss specific components of dementia care and how they are delivered within the health services delivery system. Specifically discussing medical management of dementia whether it is comorbidities, psychiatric symptoms, chronic conditions that determine what combinations of medications will best work in each unique case. Dr. Reuben elaborates on UCLA’s program and how they classify patients to best manage their care.

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Understanding Dementia: Influencing National Policies and Programs for Care

In our final meeting with Dr. Reuben, the experts discuss how dementia care experts are leading the charge for improved geriatric care. Comprehensive dementia care has been an expensive effort and how the UCLA program is structured and expanding.

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Understanding Dementia: Components of a Comprehensive Care Model

Elizabeth Gould speaks with Dr. David Bass and Katie Maslow to discuss the importance of connecting families with community resources and making comprehensive care more accessible. They begin to discuss the importance of including caregivers in the discussion and how to support families best and how care consultants can be utilized.

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Understanding Dementia: BRI Care Consultation

Dr. David Bass elaborates on his work at the Benjamin Rose Institute and the program that they have developed to include caregivers in decisions while giving autonomy to the patient with individualized and adaptable treatments by using care consultants as sources of knowledge.

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Understanding Dementia: Caregiving

Industry experts discuss the importance of caregivers and whether or not they are receiving the support that they need from the medical system. David and Katie delve into their tool, Best Practice Caregiving, a collection of community ready evidence-based programs that have shown positive health outcomes for people living with dementia.

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Learn more about the latest research and evidence-based approaches around dementia to support those who have been diagnosed and their families, caregivers, and communities.

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Disclaimer: This piece was written by Ila Hughes Broyles (Program Manager), Micah Segelman (Health Policy Researcher), Elizabeth Gould (Senior Research Public Health Analyst; Co-Director, National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center), and Heather Menne (Research Public Health Analyst) to share perspectives on a topic of interest. Expression of opinions within are those of the author or authors.